In March of this year, the La Joya ISD Grant Development Office, alongside the Director of Library/Media/Textbooks, ambitiously began working on a grant that would allow the students in the district to fully experience the long-awaited 2017 Solar Eclipse.

Spearheaded by StarNetLibraries.org and with contributions by the Moore Foundation, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Research Corporation, and tech giant-Google, La Joya ISD Libraries were able to offer students solar eclipse viewing glasses to safely enjoy the scientific phenomena.

“Thanks to this grant, La Joya ISD was able to provide a wide coverage of participation throughout this region, and our students completely took advantage of the educational opportunity to experience and view the 2017 Solar Eclipse,” LJISD Grant Development Coordinator Maria Belen Leal stated.

The first day of school was made that much more memorable for the students at La Joya ISD who not only came out of the classroom and into the sun, but also worked on eclipse-related activities in the library, labs and classrooms. This, thanks to a NASA activity guide that was distributed amongst all school principals during the summer months in preparation for the worldwide event.

“Children were exposed to viewing the actual eclipse, while it was happening, in real time – while also tie in the science behind it with their teachers and librarians,” said Alma Salinas, Library/Media/Textbooks Director for La Joya ISD. “We are fortunate to have a Grant Development Coordinator who is always looking for innovative opportunities for our students and community and always willing to assist us with the actual grant writing,” Salinas added.

The library community across the U.S., and specifically at La Joya ISD, truly came together to accomplish an event of great magnitude and with much success that directly impacts the lives of students. Thank you to the Grant Development and Library/Media/Textbooks Departments for creating this unforgettable opportunity for the students at La Joya ISD.

“This science event is international in scope. As we think about ways to build a better world, science events, missions, and discoveries are all ways that can help to bring people together. This is needed now more than ever. Thank you all for doing your part in this effort.”                

                         – STAR_Net/National Center for Interactive Learning/Space Science Institute